Miami's Best Rooftop Restaurants & Bars

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By: Dan Rios

Stars lighting up the sky above you, amazing views of the skyline or beach, and delicious dining options – what’s not to love? Get a bird’s-eye view of Greater Miami & Miami Beach when you ascend to one of the area’s stylish and vibrant rooftop dining spots. So, hop in the elevator and get ready to be wowed.

Miami Beach

interior at Juvia
Enjoy endless city views at Juvia Miami

Juvia

Juvia is a fine-dining restaurant offering panoramic views from its ninth-floor perch atop the 1111 Lincoln Road building in South Beach. It blends French, Japanese and Peruvian cuisines, using ingredients sourced both locally and globally. The indoor-outdoor restaurant, which is named after a Brazilian nut tree, boasts floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views from the ocean to the Downtown Miami skyline. Start with a glass of bubbly from the champagne bar before trying dishes such as summer truffle ceviche, pan-seared tenderloin or grilled salmon.

Watr at the 1 Rooftop

Located on the rooftop of the chic 1 Hotel South Beach, Watr offers Peruvian-influenced Japanese cuisine and panoramic views of the ocean. Chef Fernando Cruz spent a year working on a farm, giving him a deep appreciation for high-quality ingredients. Recently voted “Best Sushi,” “Best Scenic View” and “Best Late Night Find” by the OpenTable Diner’s Choice Awards, Watr offers a relaxed setting during the day and a vibrant lounge ambiance at night. Share some Florida grouper ceviche with friends, or indulge in the Wagyu beef Watr burger.

La Cote at night
La Côte offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy ocean views

La Côte at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Enjoy the flavorful cuisine of the South of France along with refreshing breezes at this open-air rooftop restaurant, with views of the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach pool and panoramic views of the ocean. Recently rated “Miami’s Best Poolside Dining Spot” by Miami New Times, La Côte features a Mediterranean-style menu of appetizers such as grilled octopus and avocado toast; refreshing salads; and entrees such as local snapper, charred cauliflower and grilled filet. Open only during daylight hours, the restaurant is a great place to sit back on the white lounge furniture and enjoy the breeze and swaying palms while soaking up the laid-back vibe. On weekends, the atmosphere gets livelier with DJs entertaining the crowd. Casual attire is welcome at this poolside destination.

MILA

Located in the heart of South Beach, MILA is a rooftop restaurant inspired by the elegant and minimalist details of nature. The menu is influenced by both Mediterranean and Japanese cuisine, with dishes designed to be shared family-style. Start the meal with a tapas dish such as blistered shishito peppers, or sample fresh seafood from the raw bar. Savor a creative signature cocktail such as Spring in Osaka (Japanese whiskey, elderflower, lychee, cardamom and club soda), and then move on to a main course of grilled whole branzino or Wagyu carpaccio with onion jam and salted seaweed. MILA also offers a two-hour, multi-course brunch designed to be shared by everyone at the table.

Downtown Miami & Brickell

The Terrace at EDGE Steak & Bar

EDGE Steak & Bar has extended its sophisticated indoor dining room and bar onto its terrace, offering a variety of seating options ranging from intimate tables to communal dining. The Terrace sits on the seventh floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Miami in Brickell. Its ambiance is stylishly serene, with trellised canopies, lush greenery, floor lanterns, fire pits, cozy furnishings and spectacular views of Biscayne Bay. This modern farm-to-table steakhouse serves high-quality cuts of meat and local seafood, paired with beautifully crafted seasonal vegetables and side dishes.

view of Brickell from Area 31
Enjoy the glittering lights of Brickell at Area 31

Area 31

Situated on the 16th floor of the Kimpton EPIC Hotel, Area 31 features dramatic views of the Downtown Miami/Brickell area skyline, framed by the glittering waters of Biscayne Bay and the Miami River. The menu is impressive, too, with an emphasis on bold flavors and fresh seafood. (Of note: the restaurant received a sustainability certification from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch.) Try a selection of oysters from the raw bar before diving into entrees such as Faroe Island salmon, fresh whole fish or Australian Wagyu beef.

Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita

Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita offers a unique selection of international fusion cuisine. Notable for its dining terrace tucked between Brickell’s high rises, Dolores features a regularly updated menu of dishes inspired by the changing seasons. Built in 1923 in the Mediterranean Revival style and once the site of Miami’s Fire Station No. 4, the whimsical building that houses the restaurant is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wynwood

No.3 Social

Head to No. 3 Social in Wynwood for beautiful views and outstanding cuisine celebrating Florida’s rich culinary history. Before dinner, guests can wander through this vibrant oasis above the Wynwood Arcade featuring art by world-renowned artists, or look down upon the famed neighborhood’s artsy streets and mural-covered buildings. For something light, try the numerically themed Two (2) + Two (2) special for two - signature cocktails and two snacks of fried chicken bao buns and roasted tomato flatbread. Have more room? Don’t miss the restaurant’s 48-hour brined fried chicken with mango hot sauce.

ASTRA

ASTRA is another treasure in Wynwood. Here, you can take in a stunning sunset and panoramic views while enjoying a menu of Greek cuisine – all while lounging on an overstuffed sofa. Try Mediterranean favorites such as saganaki, spanakopita and paidakia (charcoal-grilled baby lamb chops with swiss chard). At brunch, order a “bubbles tray” – a bottle of your favorite bubbly paired with fresh berries, orange juice, peach nectar and apple cider. DJs and musicians perform nightly.

dining room with a view at Bellini
Top-notch service meets Italian flavors at Bellini

Coconut Grove

Bellini

The stylish Bellini restaurant and bar features rustic Italian fare, served on the top floor of the Mr. C Coconut Grove hotel. Dining here feels like being on a luxury cruise liner in the heart of Coconut Grove, with floor-to-ceiling windows showing off stunning views of Biscayne Bay. The outdoor patio’s wrap-around balcony is furnished in blue and white to carry through that nautical theme. Pasta is the specialty here: Try the signature pappardelle and the spaghetti alle vongole.

Buena Vista

Vista

Located in the Upper Buena Vista complex, Miami’s newest micro-boutique destination, Vista celebrates the fusion of Italian cuisine with Miami’s local flavors and multicultural background. Vista means “view” in Spanish and Italian, reflecting the restaurant's mission to introduce a new perspective on traditional Italian cuisine, all in a lush rooftop setting. A 120-year-old banyan tree is the restaurant’s focal point. Start with the tuna tartare, prepared tableside, and move on to dishes such as chicken piccata, veal Milanese and steak frites.

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